Myra and the girls were charmed by Bart when they met him at his step-mum's funeral . Bart was then dumped on the McQueens by his Dad, but it didn't take long to see that he's not the little angel Myra thinks he is... The truth is that Bart's Dad Vince couldn't wait to get rid of him! Bart has a thirst for doing wrong, and yet has Myra eating out of his hand no matter what... Bart has struck up a friendship with Jasmine Costello and it's clear he fancies her, but does Jasmine feel the same?
Cheryl was over the moon when her half-brother Brendan turned up in the village to surprise her! It seems his wife has had an affair and Brendan's moving on, which is something he wants to keep secret. Cheryl believes Brendan is a true gent, and refuses to hear a bad word said about him... But dodgy dealer Brendan takes a big interest in Cheryl's finances. Is he here for his sister, or for her cash?
Prior to his role on Hollyoaks, Emmett had just finished filming a movie called 'Charlie Casanova' where he got to work with first time Director Terry McMann, who had won Best Script at the Cannes film festival. Emmett also recorded an eight episode TV series called 'The Phone' with Justin Timberlake, which was shot all over Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston.
38-year-old Carl recently retired from a successful career as a football player, and has enjoyed all the celebrity status this has brought him. He's a self-assured smooth operator who's charming, but will play things underhand.
Carl is head of the Costello family - father to Jem, Riley, Seth and Jasmine, and married to Heidi. The Costellos bought The Dog pub from Neville, and it soon became clear that Carl only moved to Hollyoaks to keep an eye on Jem. Heidi finds it hard to trust Carl after a string of affairs, and it recently came to light that Carl has slept with Heidi's cousin Mitzeee... what a rogue!
Cheeky charmer Dodger came onto the show earlier this year for his sister Liberty's engagement party. Straight away he had the village ladies in a flutter, including Carmel and Texas.
Dodger is a bit of a wheeler-dealer geezer, with a silver tongue, but he's protective of his family too.
Darren finds it easier making enemies than he does friends, what with his constant scheming and dangerous gambling habit. Darren got both himself and his dad Jack into huge trouble as he persuaded Jack to fake his own death for insurance money. Jack got caught out, and both faced time in prison.
Since his release Darren has married Hannah Ashworth, tried to get his hands back on The Dog pub, and continually chased after Cindy! Not to mention Darren also had a brief fling with hot mum Suzanne Ashworth. Well done Dazza! Duncan Button salutes you...
Ashley re-joined the cast in 2003, having left briefly for a career in pop band All Stars.
New boy Doug may look charming, but does this friendly Fresher have a darker side? Check back soon when more character info will be revealed!...
Hunky Detective Ethan Scott arrived in the village in December 2010 and sparked up an instant chemistry with Theresa. However, the relationship is not exactly without its complications. For one, Ethan already has a fiance in Liberty!
What's more, Ethan recently found out the truth about Calvin's murder! After saving her from Kyle, he has to decide now whether to go with his feelings for Theresa or his duty as a policeman to tell the truth...
Neville and Suzanne Ashworth's godson Duncan Button arrived in Hollyoaks in 2009, immediately causing chaos with his cheeky behaviour. He has struck up a friendship with Ricky Campbell, and recently found out that Ricky's dad is seriously ill.
Plenty of fun will ensue for Duncan as he aims to get his 16th birthday celebrations featured on a reality TV show and Darren Osborne tries to teach him to become the world's most desirable man!
Youngest of the O'Connor family, Finn, recently moved with his family to Hollyoaks since his dad Rob became Deputy Head at Hollyoaks High. Finn and Sinead are currently struggling with the news that their step-mum Diane is desperate for another child - a child 'of her own'. Finn has struck up a friendship with Amber Sharpe, who he tells all his secrets to. You can click here to find out what's set to happen between Finn and Amber (*Warning Spoilers!*)
Playing the part of Finn is Connor Wilkinson's first major TV role.
Gaz is not so much the bad boy of Hollyoaks village, but more the village menace. In his time in Hollyoaks, Gaz has racially tormented the Roys and the Valentines, assaulted Gilly, harassed Theresa McQueen, burnt down Relish, been expelled from school and attempted to assault Nancy. He's not a nice chap, but will his past misdemeanours catch up with him?
Prior to Hollyoaks, Joel has appeared in Casualty, Waterloo Road, and Doctors.
Fun-loving Gilly has been through a hard time with the revelation that his best friend Rhys was having an affair with his fiancee Beth (Rhys' half sister), and Beth's subsequent death. However, the Ashworth family continue to support and love him as one of their own, with Neville making Gilly the new Manager of 'Drive 'N' Buy. Lately Gilly has been spending his time with Rhys, trying to think up ways of getting gorgeous women to start drinking at The Dog.
Hailing from Salford, Anthony studied acting in Manchester and previously worked in modelling.
Jack ran The Dog pub with his wife Frankie, but his financial situation plummeted, leaving him suicidal... until Darren came up with a plan to solve their problems - faking Jack's death.
Jack spent months pretending to be dead, hiding in The Dog attic. When twisted Niall got wind of Jack's faked death, he attacked the ex-cop leaving him for dead! Despite his heroics during the church explosion, Jack served a prison sentence for fraud, and has now returned to the village.
Jimmy arrived in Hollyoaks having previously played roles in Highlander, When Saturday Comes, and A Touch of Frost.
Jamil is a new-comer to Hollyoaks. A 'nice', polite young chap, he quickly becomes very fond of Charlotte and when she heads off with the rest of the student gang on an impromptu adventure, a keen-to-impress Jamil tags along too... Find out what Jamil and co. get up to this summer here!
Sikander went to University in London prior to his role as Jamil on Hollyoaks.
Jason Costello is the youngest son of Carl and Heidi. Until Christmas 2010, Jason was living life as a girl, Jasmine. Suffering from Gender Identity Disorder (GID) Jasmine had to battle daily with the trauma of living her life as a girl until, in December 2010, she decided it was time to make a change.
Since Jason revealed his new identity, he has received a mixed reaction. Dad Carl has been supportive, whilst mum Heidi was far less tolerant to begin with. After Jason tried to harm himself by jumping in front of Bart's car, however, he has been given a different reception at home. Bart recently paid to have Jason's name legally changed by deed-poll.
Victoria played Cinderella in a theatre production of Cinderella before she landed her part in Hollyoaks.
Lee Hunter is a bit of a legend around these parts. After a long absence, he's been lured back like a moth to a flame by the bright lights and perma-tans of Hollyoaks village... Lee has come back to enrol at HCC. He hasn't come back empty-handed either. Together with new girlfriend Leanne, Lee's looking to start a new life in Hollyoaks.
But before all of that, there's a spot of gallivanting to be had! Lee wants to enjoy a summer of fun with Leanne before they get their noses to the grind-stones at HCC. Find out what they're getting up to right here...
Alex Carter is best known for his role as Lee Hunter in Hollyoaks many moons ago. Since then he has featured in Emmerdale, playing the character Jamie Hope. But now he's back with a vengeance at Hollyoaks for more laughs and crazy Lee Hunter antics! We don't have an up-to-date cast photo for Alex yet, so in the meantime we're using this classic shot from back in the day!
Noah came onto our screens as Riley's old gym buddie. A personal trainer, he works at Cindy's spa, Cinergy. Noah soon cemented himself as one of the lads, when he moved in with Riley, Ethan and Doug.
Noah has also won the affections of Ste recently. However, their relationship is fraught with the interference of Brendan, who seems determined to break them up, so that he can have Ste to himself. Will Noah be able to stand up against Brendan's bullying tactics?
This is Law's first major tv role, although he did appear on Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong as FatDawg! He has also appeared in a number of Shakespearean roles with different companies.
Pete came onto our screens in February 2011 when Mercedes and Cheryl took a trip to Northern Ireland to visit Malachy's grave. Pete followed them back over to Hollyoaks. An old acquaintance of the Brady family, Brendan wasn't exactly over-joyed when Pete arrived as new head-teacher of Hollyoaks High. It looks like Brendan may have been the reason Pete ended up wheelchair bound. Either way, he obviously has something big on the village's latest bad-boy and he seems determined to make him pay!
Peter Mitchell has an impressive CV. An ex-professional footballer, he signed for Leeds United when he was 16, although his career was ended tragically when he was just 18. He appeared in Channel 4's 'Cast-offs' in 2009. Peter has also filmed a feature film in Derry, which is yet to be released, as well as a comedy with Rick Edwards, which is due out in April 2011.
Rhys is the eldest son in the Ashworth family. While he puts on the air of being the village sleaze ball, he is very protective of his younger siblings, Hannah and Josh. His best mate is Gilly.
Having trained at drama school in Manchester, Andrew previously appeared in Cutting It and Coronation Street.
Ricky met young love Anita on the internet when he lied about his age. Anita was disappointed to discover that Ricky was in fact 14 years old, but was charmed by his boyish good looks and cheeky sense of humour.
When Duncan came to the village, the pair struck up a friendship straight away (although there is definitely a bit of rivalry there too). The lads tried to use their boy-band status (Guy Candy), to bag some groupie action. Duncan wasn't best pleased though when Ricky started seeing his sister Ruby!
Hollyoaks is Ashley’s first major TV role, but he has been acting since he was eight years old, appearing in various theatre productions including the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast where he played Chip the teacup.
17-year-old Riley is the golden boy of the Costello family. He's a football hopeful, and feels pressure to live up to his Dad's legacy. Riley's always quick to side with his Dad and refuses to believe any tabloid allegations against him. Riley is a heartthrob, so watch out Hollyoaks girls!
Rob Norbury featured in Grange Hill before taking on the role of Riley in the main Hollyoaks show.
Seth is 15 and Jasmine's twin. Cocky and self-assured, Seth is determined not to be a sidekick, but try as he might, Seth just can't escape from Riley's shadow. Seth is still trying to work out who he is and who he wants to be...
Playing the character of Seth is Miles' first big TV role.
To his family (Silas is Hedi Costello's father) he seems like a gentle, caring soul. However, the truth is much darker! When India Longford set out in December 2010 for a hot blind date with a guy she met online, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. That date turned out to be Silas, who brutally murdered her and dumped the body in the woods! Who is next on Silas' list? And will he ever be caught?
Jeff Rawle is a fine English actor, with a string of impressive credits to his name. Jeff starred in Billy Liar as well as fantastic British comedy Drop the Dead Donkey. Plus, he also, of course, played Amos Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Ste's girlfriend Amy left him after he hit and bullied her repeatedly. He has since tried to prove himself to her by being a good father to their children, and by getting a job in Relish. Ste was shocked on Amy's return to the village, as he discovered she wanted nothing to do with their children.
Having lost both of his parents at an early age, Tom always relied on brother Max, and Max's best mate OB, to protect and care for him. Max was tragically killed on his wedding day while saving Tom from drunk driver Niall Rafferty. OB also moved to London to be with his girlfriend Summer, who is a performer in the West End. Tom currently lives with Max's widow Steph, who has moved on and recently remarried Gilly Roach. Steph has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but Tom is being very brave for her...
Tom is Ellis' first TV role, and has so far helped to fill his trophy cabinet with several awards.
Tony Hutchinson has inhabited Hollyoaks for the past 15 years, and led an incredibly colourful life! Tony owns and runs Il Gnosh and used to own the laundrette, until his wife Cindy turned it into a vintage clothing shop called Cinserity, and took ownership of it during the break-up of their marriage. Tony decided to end his marriage to Cindy after he met Gabby Sharpe - and Tony has since been playing happy families with The Sharpe's, much to Gabby's children's dismay...
Nick is Hollyoaks' longest serving actor, having appeared in the very first episode!
Warren always puts himself first, and will do anything to get what he wants - be it money, women or business opportunities. Back in 2008 he proposed to long-term girlfriend Louise but she found out about his affair with her friend Mandy, and tried to murder him on their wedding day. It takes more than wielding a gun to bring Warren down though, as Louise soon found out. But Warren was devastated to find out after he murdered her that Louise was carrying his child.
Warren developed an alliance with police officer Calvin Valentine, based on blackmail over the supposed death of drug dealer Nige. Calvin found out Nige hadn't died, however, and was soon out to get back at Warren. Clare Devine unexpectedly returned to the village in 2009 after Warren had left her to drown when she kidnapped his sister Katy and crashed her car into a quarry. Unbeknown to Warren, Clare had survived and wreaked her revenge on him by burning down The Loft with Warren tied up inside. With a body from inside The Loft identified, everyone presumed Warren was dead... Until he recently turned up in the village to cause more trouble! But how did Warren escape? And why has he returned to Hollyoaks? Only time will tell...
Jamie joined the cast alongside Ricky Whittle, having both previously appeared in Sky 1's Dream Team.
Shy, geeky, sensitive Will is the younger brother of the Savage clan. He came onto the show earlier this year for his sister, Liberty's engagement.
Soon after coming into the village, Will's eye was caught by the lovely Theresa. He is usually awkward around girls, but could there be something between them? Or will she be pushed towards Ethan again?
Pregnant for the second time, teenage mum Amy finally moved herself and daughter Leah back home and away from her abusive ex-boyfriend Ste. However, after giving birth to baby Lucas, Amy fled from the hospital, suffering from post-partem depression. She recently returned after her sister Sarah died in a tragic skydiving incident.
The role of troublesome teen Amy is Ashley Slanina-Davies' first on TV, having featured in the show since 2005.
Kind-hearted Carmel was devastated by Niall's attack on her family and the subsequent death of younger sister Tina in the explosion that he engineered. The pressure of finding out about Niall's abandonment and of Myra not choosing her to survive has caused tension between Carmel and her mother ever since. Carmel's marriage has also been through a rough period after her husband Calvin mistakenly accused her of cheating.
Carmel is Gemma's first major TV role, joining the cast in 2006.
Cheryl is Malachy’s ex-girlfriend, who we first met in Hollyoaks Later 2008 where she got together with Zak. The bubbly ‘tart with a heart’ is fresh off the boat from Belfast and her arrival spells trouble for the hot men and ruckus for the ladies. When she realises Zak is already spoken for, she sets her sights on Calvin and despite his initial knock backs she remains determined to win him over.
Bronagh’s first acting gig was in the Thai soap Khrop Khrua Angrit. She’s also presented on MTV Asia and appeared in Miss Conception alongside Heather Graham.
Diane moved to Hollyoaks with her husband Rob and his children Sinead and Finn, when Rob became Deputy Head at Hollyoaks High. Diane is desperate for a child of her own, and after finding out that 12-year-old Amber Sharpe is pregnant, Diane has since been trying to persuade Amber to let her adopt the baby. Little does she realise the father of Amber's baby is Finn!
Alex Fletcher is best known for playing Jacqui Farnham in the soap Brookside, but has also had parts in Doctors and MIT: Murder Investigation Team, prior to her role as Diane O'Connor in Hollyoaks.
Esther's arrival on the show was shrouded in mystery. When Tom caught a hooded figure lurking around the Osbornes' in the middle of the night he hit the intruder with the nearest thing to hand - a cricket bat. Everyone was horrified when that intruder turned out to be teenage girl Esther. There were more surprises in store when Esther revealed herself as Frankie's grand-daughter. All that she really wants is to be part of her grand mother's life.
Before landing the part of Esther, Jazmine had been involved in a few children's tv roles, including the role of Kirsty in the BBC's Johnny and the Bomb.
Frankie has been through a tough time, being forced to sell The Dog pub to pay off her family's debts after her husband Jack went to prison for faking his own death. Frankie now resides with her daughter Steph, and is working at Drive'n'Buy. She was recently thrilled as Jack returned home from prison.
Helen's been acting since she was 4, performing in theatre, films, and on TV - including 'Eastenders', 'The Bill', and 'Inspector Morse' among others.
Ex-glamour model Heidi is married to Carl and has spent her entire relationship with him fending off wannabe WAGs. She knows Carl is no saint, but is doing her best to forgive and forget, hoping that moving to Hollyoaks will be a fresh start for her family...
Prior to her role on Hollyoaks, Kim is best known for playing PC Honey Harman in ITV's The Bill.
Holly is the daughter of sly, conniving Cindy. It seems Holly shares more than a few of her mother's traits as her stroppy attitude emerges. Holly has enrolled in Steph Cunningham's dance school, and has been spending her free time solving crimes with Tom in the 'Cunningham Crime Busters'.
Hollyoaks is Lydia's first TV role however she has appeared in a stage performance of South Pacific.
Jacqui's been through a tough time lately, having ended her relationship with Tony Hutchinson and losing baby Max after the baby's biological father Russ Owen ran away with him. Jacqui's attempting to put the past behind her, especially now she's met an interesting new bloke in Des.
Claire had previously appeared in Waterloo Road and Coronation Street, before joining Hollyoaks as part of the McQueen clan.
India is beautiful, intelligent and well-spoken, having enjoyed a privileged up-bringing. She is narrow-minded with a tendency to rub people up the wrong way and despite her desperate need to be liked by everyone, she manages to ruffle a few feathers when she arrives. In spite of this, India is genuine and really wants to make a go of student life.
Hollyoaks is Beth’s first TV appearance. She landed the part of India after beating thousands of hopefuls in our online competition ‘Desperately Seeking’.
Jasmine is 15 and is a twin to Seth. She's a cosseted, overly protected little girl that her dad Carl will do anything to keep from growing up. Or at least that's how her family see her... In truth, Jasmine has kept a secret from her family for many years - she wants to be a boy.
Victoria played Cinderella in a theatre production of Cinderella before she landed her part in Hollyoaks.
Jenny came onto our screens in April 2011 and caused a stir straight away. Whilst Rhys may think it's his charm that's drawing Jenny in, she's obviously after something else...
It soon emerges that Jenny is in the village on a mission to retrieve something valuable. Will she get more than she bargained for though, as one of the male inhabitants of the village recognises her from a past rendezvous...?
Daisy Turner is the sister to Lacey Turner, who played Stacey Slater in Eastenders.
Actress and musician Abi Phillips plays character Liberty. Beautiful, bubbly, but very spoilt, Liberty joined the show in Dec 2010 when she met new friend Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter). But their friendship has been put to the test as Theresa fell for Liberty's fiance DC Ethan Scott (Craig Vye)...
Abi Phillips landed the role of Liberty when her song ‘Missing You’ that she wrote, produced and performed for Hollyoaks, caught the attention of Hollyoaks’ Producers. The song was used during Steph’s heartbreaking death scene in the big Hollyoaks fire last November.
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed Leanne is really excited about starting a new life with her boyfriend Lee in the cosmopolitan hub that is Hollyoaks. Leanne and Lee plan to enrol at HCC in September, but find out what they're getting up to this summer here!
Jessica was a drama student in Manchester prior to her role on Hollyoaks. This her first TV role.
Best pal to Cheryl since junior school, Lynsey is quieter than her larger-than-life friend. Cheryl's over the moon as Lynsey arrives in Hollyoaks looking for work as a nurse. Loyal and honest, Lynsey is a person to turn to in need. Don't make the mistake of thinking she's a push-over, though - if you try to manipulate her you'll discover steeliness and a stubborn streak. You won't find Lynsey shooting her mouth off, but, like they say, it's the quiet ones you need to watch!
Prior to her arrival on Hollyoaks' main show, Karen featured as Lynsey in Hollyoaks Later back in 2008 when Kris and Malachy headed home to Ireland.
Devastated at the death of her brother Max on his wedding day, Mandy and young daughter Ella decided to stay in Hollyoaks for longer than they had originally planned. Mandy became something of a scarlet woman, having a one-night stand with ex-husband Tony and embarking on an affair with Louise Summer's fiancée Warren in the run up to their wedding.
Mandy left Hollyoaks with Tony after Warren and Louise's wedding to start a new life together. However Tony returned without Mandy saying things hadn't worked out. Mandy recently returned to Hollyoaks again, and was furious with Tony for leaving her. She appears to be in cahoots with Warren Fox, but are Warren's dark and dangerous plans too much for Mandy to handle?
Sarah took on the role of Mandy aged 14 and stayed with Hollyoaks for 10 years. She has since had several TV roles including parts in Doctors and Drop Dead Gorgeous, and featured in the film The Dark Knight. Sarah has now rejoined the cast...
Mercedes is a feisty female who usually gets what she wants. After a brief break from men, Mercedes soon became smitten with Kris' brother Malachy. However, this too went sour when Malachy discovered that he had contracted HIV and that he may have passed it on to her. During a dramatic trip to Ireland the pair decided that their feelings were too strong to ignore and they married in Malachy's hometown.
Having previously had roles in Emmerdale and other TV dramas, Mercedes is Jennifer's first major part.
21-year-old aspiring glamour model Mitzeee arrives in Hollyoaks for a big night at The Loft. But we soon find out she has a few big secrets up her sleeve... Mitzeee looks likely to cause havoc in the village, and break many hearts along the way!
Rachel featured in Holby City, Waterloo Road and Doctors prior to her part in Hollyoaks.
Myra fiercely defends all of her children, no matter what scrapes they get themselves into. However, this was tested to the max recently after the son she abandoned at birth returned and took revenge on the entire McQueen clan. As well as losing daughter Tina during the explosion engineered by Niall, Myra was also forced to choose which of her other kids to save. This has resulted in resentment and bad relations in the family even now.
Prior to her role as Myra, Nicole played Mrs Harper in TV series 'Cops'. She's also had parts in both 'Departure Lounge' and 'Bodies'.
Since her husband Jake's detainment in a psychiatric hospital the vibrant and eccentric Nancy re-emerged. She embarked on a three way relationship with Ravi Roy and Kris Fisher, but it was short lived as jealousy ran rampant between the trio. They soon split, but after Ravi wound up in coma when his aneurysm burst, the flame between Kris and Nancy rekindled and they became a couple. However, their relationship has become strained since Jake was released from the hospital.
Jessica was perhaps best known for her portrayal of Enid Nightshade in The Worst Witch before taking the part of Nancy.
Ruby Button burst onto our screens in early January 2011, much to the delight of fellow students at Hollyoaks High, Bart and Ricky, but much to her brother Duncan's dismay. Staying with Duncan at the Osbornes', she caught the eye of Bart McQueen, who tried to impress her with a joy-riding stunt that went wrong!
Anna Shaffer's most significant previous role was as Romilda Vane in the Harry Potter films.
Young Rae first appeared on Hollyoaks as Newt's goth friend who turned out to be a figment of his imagination. Newt later discovered that Rae was in fact a real person. However instead of the emo persona Newt had grown to know and love, real Rae was a right chav!
Newt and Rae were first at odds with each other, but in recent weeks have grown closer...
Suzanne has been trying to keep her family together following the revelation that Rhys is actually Neville's brother Noel's son - as well as Hannah's anorexia, Rhys having an affair with his half sister Beth, and Beth's subsequent death in a car accident. The Ashworths have recently taken over the running of The Dog, and have moved into the flat above the pub.
Suzanne's TV career started when she was just 11, starring in 'Jossy's Giants'. She's since appeared in 'Coronation Street', 'Emmerdale' and 'Cops'.
Sinead has moved to Hollyoaks with her family since her dad Rob has become Deputy Head at Hollyoaks High. Her step-mum Diane has been undergoing IVF treatment to have a baby, and Sinead is soon very worried about Diane's growing obsession with having a child 'of her own'...
Prior to her role as Sinead on Hollyoaks, Stephanie Davis is best known for being one of the contestants in BBC1's 'Over The Rainbow' TV talent search.
Texas is India's older sister. She burst into the show (much to her sister's horror) on India's birthday earlier this year. Now Tex is back again, and she looks set to wreak even more havoc! She has decided to join HCC in September, but will enjoy her summer by going to a festival (leaving India behind). Find out what Tex is set to get up to at the festival.
The part of Texas is Bianca's first major TV role.
Theresa first appeared in The Loft during their 'School Disco' night, and ended up sleeping with Tony. Little did he realise Theresa is only 15 - and related to the McQueens! Theresa is a McQueen girl through and through, from her love of make-up and chav glamour to a knack for thieving and trickery...
The part of Theresa is Jorgie's first television role. She had been a member of the Francine Gorton school of dance, and studied at The Hammond prior to this.